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Gardening Terms Glossary
"L" Gardening Terms
Here are some of the common and not so common terms you will hear or read about when dealing with gardening.
lanai: A roofed, open sided liveing area outside that is attached to the house and melds with the garden.
lateral: A side growth that branches from a shoot or root.
lateral veins: The major, large vascular bundles of a leaf, which are attached to the midrib or the petiole. Larger than minor veins.
lathe house: A structure for storing or growing plants, wood is spaced close enough on the tops and some sides to create shade and protect the plants from some wind.
layering:A propagation method where a stem from a plant is bent to the ground and a portion of it is buried under soil. Roots are allowed to form in the spot that is covered with soil and the "new" plant is detached from the parent plant and planted elsewhere.
leaching: Fertilizing can result in an excess amount of salt in the soil. Leaching is flushing the built up chemicals out of the soil using plain water. (don't use water from faucets that are attached to your water softeners! that just adds more salt!
leader: The main trunk or stem of a tree or shrub.
leaf axil: Portion of a node immediately above teh attachment point of a leaf.
leaf curl: When edges of a leaf roll inward, usually cause by disease or insects.
leaf scar: The region on a stem where a leaf was attached prior to abscission.
leaflet: Single division of a compound leaf.
leaf spot: Fungus or bacterial diseases of plants that show up as spots on foliage. typically by the time you see the spots treating with chemicals is used to make sure it doesn't spread further, not to cure it.
leggy: When a plant doesn't grow compacted like it should. It gets tall and foliage doesn't grow near the base like it should. Typically from too much shade on a plant and the plant trying to reach for sunlight.
lenticel: Usually corky area on a trunk that lets air through the bark.
lifting: Digging up plants to divide them or to plant them elsewhere.
loam: Soil that contains equal proportions of sand, silt and clay particles.
lobe: A rounded segment or part.
This list is by no means a complete collection of horticultural techniques and terms.
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